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Albio Sires

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Albio Sires
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U.S. House, New Jersey, District 8
Incumbent
In office
January 2007-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 8
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorBill Pascrell (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$5.05 in 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$4,216,627
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New Jersey General Assembly
2001-2007
Mayor of West New York, New Jersey
1995- 2007
Education
Bachelor'sSt. Peter’s College
Master'sMiddlebury College
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 26, 1951
Place of birthBejucal, Cuba
ProfessionTeacher, Business Executive
Net worth$180,502.50
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Albio Sires (b. January 26, 1951, in Bejucal, Cuba) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from New Jersey. Sires was re-elected to the U.S. House in 2012 by voters from New Jersey's 8th Congressional District, his former district having been eliminated by the 2010 census.[1]

Sires is a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking re-election to the U.S. House to represent the 8th Congressional District of New Jersey.[2] He ran uncontested for the Democratic nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014.[3]

He previously served as the mayor of West New York, New Jersey and as a member of the New Jersey General Assembly.[4]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Sires is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Sires was born in Bejucal, Cuba. He earned a B.A. from St. Peter’s College in 1974 and his M.A. from Middlebury College in 1985.[4]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Sires' academic, professional and political career:[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Sires serves on the following committees:[5]

2011-2012

Sires served on the following committees:[6]

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[7] For more information pertaining to Sires's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

NDAA

Voted "No" Sires voted in opposition of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[9]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Sires voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[9]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Sires supported House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Sires supported HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[10] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[9]

Economy

Farm Bill

See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "No" Sires voted against the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[11] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[12]

King Amendment

Sires signed a letter sent to Collin Peterson in August 2013, asking him to keep Steve King's amendment out of the final Farm Bill.[13] The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.[14]. King introduced the amendment in response to a law in California, requiring a larger size cage for egg-producing chickens. King represents Iowa, which is a large egg producer.

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[15] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[16] Sires voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[15]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[17] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Sires voted for HR 2775.[18]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Sires voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[19] The vote largely followed party lines.[20]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Voted "No" Sires has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[21]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" Sires voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[22]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Sires voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 172 Democrats who voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[23]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Albio Sires' Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Sires is a Liberal Populist. Sires received a score of 55 percent on social issues and six percent on economic issues.[24]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[25]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Opposes Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Neutral
Support & expand free trade Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Unknown
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Opposes
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Strongly Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Neutral
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[24]

Campaign themes

2012

Sires' website highlighted the following campaign themes:[26]

  • Economy: "I remain committed to improving our current economic outlook by supporting legislation that will help New Jersey’s families, stimulate our economy, and create jobs."
  • Education: "Education is the cornerstone of opportunity. We must do more as a country to support education by strengthening our schools, fully funding special education, and modernizing our classrooms."
  • Global Leadership: "I believe that basic human rights and fundamental freedoms must be upheld and respected around the world, in every nation and in every community. No child should have to suffer unnecessarily simply because of where he or she was born."
  • Healthcare: "Every American deserves access to quality, affordable health care. Without access to affordable health care, our children cannot learn properly, parents cannot be as productive at work, and our seniors are forced to choose between food, shelter, or medical care."
  • Homeland Security: "New Jersey’s 13th District is home to what is considered to be the most dangerous two-mile stretch in the country. With one of the largest ports in the country, chemical plants, the Newark Airport, and critical transportation infrastructure, securing this region is of great importance to the communities I represent and to the nation."
  • Housing: "The foundation of the American Dream is to have a home to call your own."
  • Medicare: "While there are improvements that can be made to Medicare in order to reduce wasteful spending and make them more cost efficient, we must not abandon our commitment to the millions of Americans who rely on these programs for every-day needs and for future generations that were guaranteed these benefits."
  • Seniors: "I am a steadfast advocate for American’s seniors and the issues they care about, including retirement security, the health of Medicare, and the high cost of prescription drugs."
  • Tax Reform: "I support reforming our tax system in a way that will create jobs, strengthen the middle class, encourage entrepreneurs, and help small businesses grow and hire."
  • Transportation: "Investment in our transportation modes is vital to enhancing our economy, increasing our safety, maintaining our global competitiveness, and most importantly improving our quality of life."
  • Veterans: "With our aging veteran population and so many new veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, I am committed to providing veterans and their families with the care and benefits they deserve."
  • Women: "Last Congress, I voted for, and Congress passed, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, giving women the right to seek legal redress for wage discrimination."

[27]

—Albio Sires, http://sires.house.gov/issues

Elections

2014

See also: New Jersey's 8th Congressional District elections, 2014

Sires is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent New Jersey's 8th District. Sires ran uncontested for the Democratic nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: New Jersey's 8th Congressional District elections, 2012

In the 2011 redistricting, Albio Sires' 13th District was eliminated, and he ran for election representing the 8th District.[28] He defeated Michael Shurin in the June 5 Democratic primary and defeated Republican Maria Karczewski in the November general election.[29][30]

U.S. House, New Jersey District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAlbio Sires Incumbent 78% 130,853
     Republican Maria Karczewski 18.9% 31,763
     Independent Stephen Deluca 1% 1,710
     Independent Pablo Olivera 1% 1,625
     Independent Herbert Shaw 1.1% 1,839
Total Votes 167,790
Source: New Jersey Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
New Jersey's 8th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAlbio Sires Incumbent 89% 30,840
Michael Shurin 11% 3,808
Total Votes 34,648

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Sires is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Sires raised a total of $4,216,627 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 23, 2013.[34]

Albio Sires's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (New Jersey, District 8) Won $663,826
2010 US House (New Jersey, District 8) Won $657,768
2008 US House (New Jersey, District 8) Won $993,228
2006 US House (New Jersey, District 8) Won $1,901,805
Grand Total Raised $4,216,627

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Sires' reports.[35]

Albio Sires (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[36]April 7, 2013$160,021.88$20,000.00$(95,122.38)$84,899.50
July Quarterly[37]July 9, 2013$84,899.50$126,700.00$(95,189.750)$116,409.75
October Quarterly[38]October 7, 2013$116,409.75$39,710.50$(49,498.39)$106,621.86
Year-End Quarterly[39]December 31, 2013$106,621$34,846$(95,426)$46,541
April Quarterly[40]April 6, 2014$46,541.64$108,885.03$(56,517.84)$98,908.83
Running totals
$330,141.53$(391,754.36)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Sires' campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Sires won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Sires' campaign committee raised a total of $663,827 and spent $660,824.[41]

Cost per vote

Sires spent $5.05 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Sires's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Sires was re-elected to the U.S. House in 2010 for a third term. His campaign committee raised a total of $657,768 and spent $708,763.[42]
U.S. House, New Jersey District 8, 2010 - Albio Sires Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $657,768
Total Spent $708,763
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $12,726
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $73
Top contributors to Albio Sires's campaign committee
Urban American$11,900
Operating Engineers Union$10,000
Roseland Property$10,000
Teamsters Union$10,000
Carpenters & Joiners Union$9,500
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Real Estate$58,600
Lawyers/Law Firms$48,950
Transportation Unions$46,750
Public Sector Unions$44,500
Building Trade Unions$34,500

Personal Gain Index

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See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Sires' net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $96,005 and $265,000. That averages to $180,502.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Sires ranked as the 354th most wealthy representative in 2012.[43] Between 2005 and 2012, Sires' calculated net worth[44] decreased by an average of 13 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[45]

Albio Sires Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2005$2,189,552
2012$180,502
Growth from 2005 to 2012:-92%
Average annual growth:-13%[46]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[47]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

Analysis

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[48]

Sires most often votes with:

Sires least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Sires is a "rank-and-file Democrat," as of June 19, 2013.[49]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Sires missed 220 of 5,256 roll call votes from November 2006 to April 2013. This amounts to 4.2 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.2 percent among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[49]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Sires paid his congressional staff a total of $988,501 in 2011. Overall, New Jersey ranks 42nd in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[50]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Sires tied with one other member of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 102nd in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[51]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Sires ranked 125th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[52]

Voting with party

2013

Albio Sires voted with the Democratic Party 94 percent of the time, which ranked 127th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[53]

Personal

Congressman Sires resides in West New York with his wife, Adrienne. His stepdaughter, Tara Kole, graduated from Harvard Law School, clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and now works for a private law firm in Los Angeles.[6]

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References

Political offices
Preceded by
Bill Pascrell (D)
U.S. House of Representatives - New Jersey, District 8
2013-present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Bob Menendez
U.S. House of Representatives - New Jersey, District 13
2006-2013
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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New Jersey General Assembly
2001-2006
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Mayor of West New York, New Jersey
1995-2007
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